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The buzz about the Zika virus

Pathology West experts have been working with NSW Health officials to educate the Australian public about Zika virus and ways to avoid infection.

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus which is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti and related mosquitoes. Zika virus is closely related to the dengue and yellow fever viruses and can cause fever, rash, conjunctivitis, aches and pains. 

Our Pathology West laboratories in Westmead are the state's only testing centre for Zika virus.

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Great new guide out now

Mosquitoes are annoying and can be deadly, but they can also be beautiful.

Pathology West's Stephen Doggett and Cameron Webb are two of the authors of A Guide to Mosquitoes of Australia.

The guide explores the biodiversity of this fascinating group of insects.

It also provides a pictorial guide to almost 100 mosquito species and includes notes on their biology, habitats and association with disease. 

Get your copy now! 

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Bulk billing incentive changes

The Federal Government has proposed changes to bulk billing incentives for pathology and diagnostic imaging services.  

The incentive was introduced in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) in 2009 with the aim of bulk billing directly to Medicare as opposed to patients. The current bulk billing incentives are paid directly to pathology providers. 

Public pathology providers are paid roughly $1.40 per patient while private pathology providers are paid up to $3.40 per patient depending on the test.  The proposed changes may have a greater impact on private providers not only because of the current incentive rate but also because of the number of community collection centres they operate.  

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Pathology experts shine a light on melanoma

Richard Scolyer thinks of himself as a clinician who does research.  Others might say he’s the lynchpin in a team waging war against skin cancer.  

A senior staff specialist with Sydney South West Pathology Service, he is also co-director of research at the Melanoma Institute of Australia – the world’s largest melanoma treatment centre. 

Richard is part of a multi-disciplinary team which, for the third time, has received a five-year grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

The $15 million grant will help the institute conduct large-scale genomic analyses of people with the disease. 

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Summer edition out now

The latest edition of NSW Health Pathology's magazine Compass is out now.

It features some of the stories in Scope and more.

Check out all the latest pathology and forensic news and past editions today.

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Voting now open for women of the year

This is your opportunity to recognise the outstanding contribution women across NSW make to industry, community and society.

Finalists have been chosen from a highly competitive field with hundreds of women being nominated. Four Finalists have been selected for public voting in three categories.

Online voting closes Sunday 28 February 2016.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in NSW Parliament House on 9 March 2016.

Show your support for fantastic women within our community and vote now.

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